Suspect accused of more robberies
HUGHESVILLE – During a spat of recent armed robberies, the bandit’s modus operandi, the method of committing a crime, was always the same.
The robber wore the same clothing, an adidas black jacket and red sweatpants. He always was armed with knives, usually two of them, and he always covered his face “with a winter weather mask and a hood pulled tightly over the mask,” according to state Trooper Paul McGee.
In the last holdup, the robber startled two employees at the Uni-Mart, Main and Water streets, by inadvertently removing his mask during the robbery on the morning of Feb. 5.
Within 35 minutes, the alleged robber, 29-year-old Jason Randall Spoeri, was taken into custody at his girlfriend’s home at 127 Lime Bluff Road, less than two miles from the store, in Wolf Township and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Spoeri’s legal problems got a lot worse late Friday morning when he was taken from the jail to face charges that he allegedly committed four other armed robberies in the area between Jan. 13 and Feb. 2, McGee said.
Two of those robberies occurred at the same Uni-Mart; one on Jan. 22 and another on Feb. 2, McGee said.
In the Feb. 2 holdup, Spoeri “brandished one large knife and threatened to stab an employee and a 17-year-old female (visitor) if they didn’t cooperate with his demand for cash,” McGee alleged in an affidavit.
Spoeri, who moved in with his girlfriend in September after coming here from Philadelphia, is alleged to also have robbed two employees at the GameStop store at Lycoming Crossing on Jan. 13. He also robbed am employee at Domino’s, 1851 Route 405 in Muncy Creek Township on Jan. 20, McGee alleged in court papers.
In the robberies, the bandit received anywhere from $40 to $600, McGee said investigators were told.
On the morning of Spoeri’s arrest, police executed a search warrant at the girlfriend’s home and obtained “physical evidence that connects Spoeri to the four robberies” he was charged with on Friday, McGee said.
Among the evidence recovered was a pair of red pants that Spoeri is believed to have worn during the robberies, including the one on Feb. 5, McGee said.
Spoeri was arraigned Friday before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on four counts each of robbery, possession of an instrument of crime and prohibited offensive weapon, six counts of simple assault, five counts of theft and two counts of terroristic threats. He was recommitted in lieu of an additional $250,000 bail.